SPRING HAS SPRUNG!
Do you remember this little ditty from your childhood? It went “spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is?” I always think of it at this time of year! We’re finally enjoying a nice stretch of spring weather; the grass now requires mowing (ugh), and the birdies are flitting about! To be honest, the birds are always about, as I keep feeders full year-round. And the squirrels are also year-round guests; I don’t discriminate! I know some people find them to be pests, but I enjoy seeing them & watching their antics. Then I just go out, and refill the feeders, LOL! Usually, the squirrels are quite territorial, and won’t tolerate another one at the feeder at the same time. A few days ago, I saw this unusual sight!
Two squirrels at once! Perhaps they are a bonded pair? Or part of a family? They appear to have almost identical marking, but I’m not exactly an expert on squirrels. Anyway, it was fun to see 🙂
FLOWERS FOR SPRING
I shared a #simplestamping card using the Beautiful Day stamp set in yesterday’s post. Since I had it on my table already, I created another one, with a different look, for today’s post.
This time, I combined the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set and dies with the My Favorite Things (MFT) Confetti Stencil Set. The stencils are a set of 2, with offset circles of different sizes. You can use one, or the other, or both stencils at once, on your project. Gotta love versatility in your tools!
On your panel of white cardstock, lay one of the stencils over the panel, and hold it in place with your Purple Tape. Apply some Shabby Shutters Distress Ink with a Life Changing Blender Brush. The smaller sizes are great for fitting into the little circles, without spreading ink over the entire stencil. When you’re done with that one, remove it, and then place the 2nd stencil on top. Apply Mowed Lawn Distress ink; you can use the same Blender Brush without cleaning, because you’re going from light to dark, in the same colour family. When done, remove the stencil, and remember to clean the ink from them. I simply spray a bit of my ink cleaner onto a paper towel, and wipe them off.
On separate white cardstock, stamp your flowers and leaves, from the Beautiful Day stamp set. The colours I chose are, from lightest to darkest (first to last applied) Milled Lavender Distress ink, Highland Heather ink (SU!) and Seedless Preserves Distress ink. For the leaves, I chose Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks. Use the matching Beautiful Day dies with your big shot to die cut the images.
On a strip of Lawn Fawn Sugarplum cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the Altenew Layering Cupcake stamp set in Versamark ink. Cover with gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.
LAYER IT TOGETHER
Now you’re ready to assemble your card! Attach the die cut flowers & leaves with foam squares or tape onto the dotted white panel. Tuck in the sentiment at the bottom, again with foam tape, and then add the front panel to a panel of light green cardstock. Finally, attach it all to your card base of more Sugarplum cardstock.
If you’d like to order any of the supplies I used to create this card, I’ve attached links below. Thanks for spending some time with me today! I hope you’re inspired to try using your supplies in different ways, and create different looks. Have fun stamping!
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